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DS1 - 6 week update

> Age of your EC-child...
6 weeks

> We started at...
Birth

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Very well.

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing? Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
Wakeups are more consistent potty times now.  Playing with my nipple and not latching on, a different action than when he wants let-down is another signal.  He is more verbal/physical for poo signals.  The poo frequency and consistency has been changing over the past couple of weeks.  Frequency and snarts have been reduced.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
For daytime we use cradle and classic holds, mainly over the bathroom sink.  I am introducing other receptacles now, like the toilet (with and without insert), outdoors and little potties.

> Do you use diapers or training pants? On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use prefolds – infant size - with prefold belt.  He also wears a piece of felted wool in a shaped contour.  We also still use the wool receiving blanket sometimes.  At 6 weeks we are starting to use some trainers, but only because I am behind on laundry.  They work fine, but I find the prefold / prefold belt much easier and less disturbing for potty offers.

> How are you doing away from home?
Great!  We are getting out and practicing.  I have tried a potty bag, but am finding a preference for the rigidity of the potty bowl – easier to rest some of his weight on something.  We are using mainly the potty bowl and little potty when out.

> What are you doing at night?
We offer the potty on the bed or at the bathroom sink.  I did not get up out of bed with my previous ec’d kids, but this one seems to prefer that hold over the sink right now.  I especially go to the bathroom when he does early morning, frequent rousings.  We also go if offering the little potty in bed didn’t work, but he remains unsettled.

> Who takes baby to the potty?
Me and DH

> Accidents - how many do you have? What times are especially accident-prone?
We had our first ”uh-oh” pants around 4 weeks!  It was cool.  I never really felt that I got “uh-oh” pants much with the girls, so I was surprised to find them at this stage.

> Other new insights:
There is no rush to the potty for us. In the middle of ec’ing my 5 week old, I don’t feel that I have to race, nor do I think that I have to get the baby quickly to the potty. Even now, I will make preemptive offers of the potty if we will be leaving the house. And, I try to notice his signals early enough that we can leisurely make our way to the bathroom. Very similarly to breastfeeding, the subtle signals start long before the need is *urgent*.

> What do you like most about ec’ing at the moment?
That it gives me an additional thing to try when my son is unsettled.

> Do you ever wish you'd have never heard about it?
No.

> Tips for this stage . . .
Have fun with it! It really can be a fun and relaxing part of a routine.

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